No one fancies getting old, do they? It’s not something that stirs the loins and makes us giddy. To many of us coffin dodgers invoke words like frailty, incontinence, vulnerability, hair in unwanted places. So to produce a show about the blue rinse brigade is no easy feat. Listening to it, on the other hand, was surprisingly refreshing and rewarding. The series I’m referring to is RNZ’s A Wrinkle in Time, which is beautifully told. No doubt because of it’s presenter and producer Noelle McCarthy. Irish born broadcaster and writer, Noelle is a well known voice in New Zealand for her show Summer Noelle.

In this 6 part series, Noelle dissects the big business of staying young when gravity is against us. She uncovers the science behind growing old and questions how our society will actually take care of us in our most vulnerable time, especially as we as a nation continue to live longer. It’s quite sweet in places and if you’re in anyway nervous about growing old, there’s no fear mongering. It’s simply an honest insight to something majority of us will face.

Noelle’s soft, engaging and inquisitive voice is the winner in this series. She’s a natural and handles this subject matter with such ease, understanding, care and curiosity. Growing old is not something most people want to talk about yet she manages to elicit a calmness from her interviewees, along with beautiful lines like my favourite from Ep02 “We’re all just walking each other home”.

I’ve recommended this podcast a few times over the past year since it was first recommended to me and I can’t recommend it highly enough again. There’s no sentimentality or worse mawkishness. It is an intelligent, well balanced and thought out series that provides a reflection on a part of our lives that we all hopefully get to face.

If you want to get ahead of the game and check out her latest stuff, she has a new series out about immigration, A Slice of Heaven, which is next on my hit list.

Happy Listening x


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